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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 28, 2009 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH (1969) - Sorry, no jazz here...

In spite of the abundant sonic issues, ragged playing, and some rather horrendous vocals at times, this savage festival performance will always be one of my very favorite shows.

This is rip your face off Grateful Dead, more like June of '68 than late 1969. There is no beautiful Dark Star or exploratory Other One in this edgy performance. Just bare wires brutality!

Some of the numbers are short, perhaps due to time constraints, but each song is seemingly played with a ruthlessness that must have scalped the unruly audience, seemingly hell-bent on climbing the scaffolding, even after bringing one of the towers down (to the encouragement of Pig and what might be the most hilarious stage banter ever)

Highlights of this high energy show include a raw Cumberland Blues and what might be the hardest ever version of Hard to Handle, but the vicious performance of Mason's Children, with its two blistering extended instrumental breaks, is a quintessential Grateful Dead moment for me, and one that must have left that racetrack in smoldering ruins...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-12-28.sbd.cotsman.8999.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: spacedface Date: Dec 29, 2009 3:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1969) - Sorry, no jazz here...

Doesn't Lovelight starting around 2:00 sound like an Allman Brothers song?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 29, 2009 10:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1969) - Sorry, no jazz here...

I re-listened to that passage several times now, and I do agree that it does sound quite Allmanesque, but I cant place it to a particular song...

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Poster: csaw44 Date: Dec 28, 2009 10:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1969) - Sorry, no jazz here...

totally agree with the banter. i always keep this Mason's on my ipod. there's a good american country rock band at this show

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 28, 2009 12:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 12/29 too!

A lot of that energy got carried over into the next day - 12/29/69 doesn't get mentioned too much, but it's full of hard-rocking jams, and a Mason's I think is the equal of 12/28. This show is more like 1970:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-12-29.sbd.8044.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 28, 2009 4:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 12/29 too!

I will have to agree with you, the energy carries over, not only to the 29th, but through the entire three night stand at the Tea Party.

Of course the 29th is a much better over all performance, tighter and more cohesive throughout. And though I agree the Mason's might be as good as the one performed on the 28th, the two instrumental breaks are certainly more creative, I think it lacks the bare wires rip your face off intensity of the Speedway show.

Just my opinion, which is also that the show on the 30th is the finest of the run. But wouldnt a boxed set of the entire three night stand be something?

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 28, 2009 7:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 12/29 too!

The 12/31/69 second set is pretty adorable - they hit some magical jamming after that Alligator, then they don't want to stop so they bring out the covers medley! So that show has a place in my heart, but 12/29 I love as well.
12/30 I had a hard time warming up to - partly just because the tapes I originally got had muddy, bassy sound - partly because any show where both the Cryptical reprise and the end of the Dark Star jam is completely lost in tapeflips, is not going to gladden my heart too much.
The 12/31 show has a couple cuts as well, so I think an official release of this run is quite unlikely, alas, unless they have other tape sources....

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 29, 2009 10:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 12/29 too!

The cuts are tragic, but you still get more Dark Star and The Other One than either 12/29 or 31, plus some Alligator Jam. I notice that no part of any of these shows has ever been used at the Taper's Section, no chance that they are more intact in the vault? We got an uncut 4/23/69 Ark source not that long ago...